Slow Travel Destination: Therma, Samothraki island, Northern Aegean Sea.
Therma is a small settlement of 70 inhabitants built on the foothills of mountain Saos.
Surrounded by plane trees, chestnuts, arbutus, and self-seeded oak forests, with 300+ years long-living trees, Therma is the starting point of a 6 hours hike to the ‘’Moon’’, the highest peak of mountain Saos.
''Fengari'' (literally ''Moon'') rises to 1.611 meters and is the highest peak in the Aegean Sea, after Mount Ida (Psiloritis), in Crete.
Therma is just 14km from Kamariotissa, Samothrakis`s port and you can reach it after 2 hours boat ride from Alexandroupoli city.
The European Trail E6 crosses Samothraki and Therma, starts from Finland, and ends at the top of Fengari, where Homer placed Poseidon`s throne, in his epic poem ''Iliad''.
The 6 hours hike to Fengari starts from Therma and is suggested for experienced mountaineers, due to its steepness, and under the guidance of certificated local guides.
Therma is rich in geothermal, healing waters, known since Byzantium. The therapeutic thermal springs offer calming moments effortlessly, boost your blood circulation, and protect your heart, kidneys, and brain, from potential diseases and sicknesses.
The municipal spa facilities, by the entry of the settlement, feature two swimming pools, eight individual bathtubs, showers, and outdoor relaxing spaces under the trees.
All in for just 5 euros per person, you can reach it by (local) bus and visit it in August and September yearly.
The water temperature in the pools is at 39o -41o C and contains the minerals: K, Na, Ca, Cl, Br, B, J, Mg.
These therapeutic springs are highly recommended for rheumatoid arthritis, chronic joint diseases, back pain, chronic gynaecological inflammations, skin & bone diseases.
In Therma and its magnificent surroundings, you cannot help it but feel one with nature.
The sea side, is at 600 meters from Therma, a perfect sunset location for a long, relaxing swimming.
From Therma starts the hiking path to Fonias (5 km) and Gria Vathra (2km). Botha are clusters of waterfalls and natural pools – or so-called ''vathres''.
The highest waterfall of them is 35 meters and is called ‘’Klidiosi’’.
To reach Fonias, follow the main road until you meet the local tavern ‘’H Gefira tou Fonia’’ (lit. Fonia`s bridge’’). On the opposite side, you will see the signed hiking route to the first natural pool. The hike is easy and takes just 30 minutes to taste how does it feel to dip in crystal-clear waters of a natural pool under a waterfall! It is family-friendly as it is the easiest route to follow.
Walking among 20 species of bushes, under the captive smells of thyme and oregano you will discover the wide variety of flora growing, thanks to the microclimate of the island. It is very usual to meet goats on your way, as they are roaming free at the mountain area and they outnumber the inhabitants by 30 to 1!